Forward Rudy Tomjanovich was a really, really good basketball player for the Houston Rockets, but he will probably be remembered more for being their head coach, as he led them to NBA Championships in both 1993-94 and 1994-95 in that role. Those are still the only two NBA Championships in Houston Rockets’ history!
Tomjanovich played in 768 games in his 11 years as a player for the Rockets, in which he averaged 17.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He also played in 37 games in the playoffs for the Rockets in which he averaged 28.1 minutes, 13.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Tomjanovich was a All-Star six times in his 11 years with the Rockets! His best season came back in 1973-74, when he played in 80 games in which he averaged 40.3 minutes, 24.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He is still #3 in points scored in Rockets’ history with 13,383 of them! He is also still #3 in games played (768), #5 in offensive rebounds (1,173), #5 in defensive rebounds (2,783) and he is still #4 in total rebounds (6,198) in Rockets’ history.
Tomjanovich compiled a 503-397 (55.9%) record during the regular season in his 12 years as the head coach of the Houston Rockets. He was also 51-39 (56.7%) in the playoffs as the Rockets’ head coach. In 1993-94, Tomjanovich led the Rockets to a 58-24 (70.7%) regular season record and he led them on a 15-8 (65.2%) run in the NBA Playoffs to win the first NBA Championship in Rockets’ history. He followed that up by leading the Rockets to a 47-35 (57.3%) regular season record in 1994-95. He then when 15-7 in the playoffs (68.2%) to win a second NBA Championship in Rockets’ history!
If there was a Houston Rockets’ Mount Rushmore, Rudy Tomjanovich would have his face there!